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Deputy Chief Constable STEVE RAI

Deputy Chief Constable Steve RaiDeputy Chief Constable Steve Rai has been a member of the Vancouver Police Department since 1990. He was born in Punjab, India, and immigrated to Vancouver at a young age. Prior to joining the Department, he was a Canadian Forces Reserve member and attended the University of British Columbia where he completed a bachelor of arts degree in Asian studies. He also completed a master of arts in criminal justice from the University of the Fraser Valley.

Deputy Rai started his career with eight years as a patrol constable in District 3, where his duties included field training and mentoring new police officers. He also drew on his cultural background to work extensively, at the street level, with the District’s South Asian community. Deputy Chief Constable Rai also completed assignments in the Vancouver Police Jail, as a Recruiting Unit investigator, and a secondment to the former Coordinated Law Enforcement Unit. He completed a second operational tour in District 1, including managing the Davie Street Community Policing Office, where he partnered with local community leaders, business owners, and volunteers to address neighbourhood crime and order issues.

In addition to his regular duties, Deputy Chief Constable Rai completed a number of concurrent assignments, including ten years as an Emergency Response Team Hostage Negotiator, six years with the VPD’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team and three years with the Forensic Interview Team, utilizing his Punjabi second language skills.

Deputy Chief Constable Rai was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2003, and returned to District 3 as an operational supervisor. In 2004, he was transferred to the position of Sergeant-in-charge of the VPD Recruiting Unit. During this assignment, he led a highly motivated team of investigators in fulfilling the Department’s mandate of hiring a large number of police officers, Jail Guards and Traffic Authority members. His team was successful in attracting numerous new exempt police officer applicants while also hiring many Aboriginal, ethnic, and female recruits through community outreach and mentoring of young future officers.

Following his position in the Recruiting Unit, Deputy Chief Constable Rai became an operational sergeant in District 2. He was promoted to the rank of inspector in 2007, where he took on the role of the Executive Officer in the Chief Constable’s Office. In 2008, he was the Operational Duty Officer, and in 2009, Deputy Chief Constable Rai returned to the Training and Recruiting Section during a high-pressure time -- the section was hiring a large number of officers in preparation for the 2010 Olympics. Deputy Chief Constable Rai worked in the Human Resources Section following this assignment. He returned to District 3 in February 2012. In July 2014, Deputy Chief Constable Rai was promoted to superintendent in Personnel Services, and in June 2015, he was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable in the Support Services Division.

Deputy Chief Constable Rai is qualified as a Bronze, Silver, and Gold Public Order Commander, and has been involved in a number of high-profile and protracted public protests and demonstrations. He was the incident commander for many public events, including Occupy Vancouver, the 2010 Olympics, and the 2011 Stanley Cup Riot.

Deputy Chief Constable Rai sits on numerous local and national committees. In 2006, he was the only Canadian police applicant to be selected for the US State Department’s International Leadership Development Program, which brought together police leaders from throughout the world.

Deputy Chief Constable Rai is the recipient of a Chief Constable’s Commendation for “courage and professionalism,” and two Chief Constable Unit Citations. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Khalsa Diwan Society Exemplary Community Service Award and was appointed to the Order of Merit of the Police Forces in May 2016. The Order of Merit is a fellowship of honour recognizing the highest qualities of citizenship, service to Canada, to the police community and to humanity at large.


Support Services Division

DCC Rai leads the VPD's Support Services Division.

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